EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

MOBILITY

  • Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries for which restrictions should be lifted

HEALTH

  • Communication from the Commission - Preparedness for COVID-19 vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment 
  • Summary report - 37th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak
  • Coronavirus: first rescEU ventilators dispatched to Czechia – IP/20/1971
  • EMA - Strengthening global collaboration on COVID-19 real-world evidence and observational studies

ECONOMY

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9904 - SCUK/Volvo/Volvo Car Financial Services JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9999 - Blackrock/Koninklijke Vopak/US Gulf Coast Terminals)
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Elsan by KKR (M.9960) - Midday Express
  • Roadmap - EU competition rules - revision of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation - Feedback period: 23 October 2020 - 20 November 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Report on competition policy – annual report 2019
  • Cyprus - Notification of concentration regarding the acquisition by KKR & Co. Inc, of the share capital of CNT Holdings I Corp, via Oculus Holding Corp.
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition by Caterpillar Inc. of the Oil & Gas division, of The Weir Group PLC
  • Hungary - GVH starts inquiry into relationship between beverage suppliers, Horeca sector
  • Portugal - AdC condemns APAP to a fine of 3.6 M Euros for preventing competition in advertising acquisition tenders
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated merger between Crowdcube Limited and Seedrs Limited.

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Belgium - State aid SA.53630 (2019/FC) - Alleged aid granted to Ladbrokes in relation to virtual betting - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU 
  • State Aid weekly e-News - No.35/20 - Covers from 16 to 22 October 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Export Credits Group of 28 October 2020
  • Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Agreement amending the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the accessions of the Independent State of Samoa and Solomon Islands, and of future accessions of other Pacific Island States – Adoption & - Request for the consent of the Europan Parliament
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the amendment to be made to the Agreement to take account of the accession of the Independent State of Samoa and of Solomon Islands – Adoption
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of aluminium converter foil originating in the People’s Republic of China (CN: 76071119)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1540 of 22 October 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 as regards sesamum seeds originating in India
  • Trade defence: EU publishes a report on market distortions in Russia 
  • WTO - Members cite role of trade facilitation in ensuring access to goods to tackle COVID-19

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • European industry and the advance in digital technology: from innovation via strategic projects towards strengthened competitiveness
  • Better regulation: SME test for supporting recovery and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Answer iven by Ms Vestager to a MEP  written question - The German Coal Phase-out Act providing for energy production from coal and lignite until 2038, and its compatibility with European law and the European Green Deal

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law) - Partial General Approach Presidency compromise suggestion
  • The environmental impacts of plastics and micro-plastics use, waste and pollution: EU and national measures - Study for the EP Petitions Committee
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 27-30 October 2020
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the closing session of the EU Green Week 2020
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee on Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases of 30 September 2020
  • Roadmap - Integrated water management – revised lists of surface and groundwater pollutants - Feedback period: 23 October 2020 - 20 November 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Flash report - Meeting of the Subgroup on Proton Therapy Centres (21 October 2020)
  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 43 ( Published on: 23/10/2020)
  • EU Health Policy Platform webinar - SEPEN and beyond: how can EU support to Member States’ health workforce planning policies contribute to healthier societies? (28 October 2020, 13.00 – 15.00 CET)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for fluroxypyr in chives, celery leaves, parsley, thyme and basil and edible flowers
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Anxiofit‐1 and reduction of subthreshold and mild anxiety: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion - Modification of the existing maximum residue level for picloram in flowering brassica

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Stakeholders' Advisory Group on Aviation Security - SAGAS 101 of 18 November 2020
  • Minutes of the Transport of Dangerous Goods of 17 July 2020 
  • Minutes of the Second plenary meeting of the Sub-Group on social matters related to aircrews of 21 September 2020

JUSTICE & HOME AFFAIRS

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Armenia: HR/VPJosep Borrell receives President Armen Sarkissian
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the upcoming elections in Tanzania
  • Lebanon: Statement by the Spokesperson on the government formation process
  • Malicious cyber-attacks: EU sanctions two individuals and one body over 2015 Bundestag hack - see Regulation (EU) 2020/1536 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/1537
  • Turning the tide: How to rescue transatlantic relations – see ISS Paper